My friend and I went hunting for fossils at the Red Hill, near Hyner Run State Park, PA, yesterday. It was awesome! Mostly because the curator of the tiny museum on the second floor of the town school house was there with us, pointing things out and generally being an incredibly likeable and affable guy. He is the best. If you like fossils, and you want to learn more about the Devonian, you should contact Doug Rowe (ndrowe at kcnet dot org). Check out this webpage for more info.
First, we stopped by the museum.
Before Tiktaalik was found, the Red Hill had the record for the oldest known amphibian fossil. (I especially like the drawings.)
This is a figurine of a placoderm, and extinct group of armour-plated fishes. They’re bony armour fossilizes well, though!
Imprint of an almost complete ray-finned fish. (Doug’s finger for scale*)
Shark (Ageleodus pectinatus) teeth!
Big fish tooth
Print of a fish tooth
Scale of Megalichthyidid fish (shiny!)
I love these drawings by Jason Poole. This one is a Gyracanthides murrayi.
Then we went to the Red Hill and spent a couple of hours hunting for fossils. Here’s the loot.
Placoderm dorsal fin
Okay, not a fossil, but still cool! This is copper oxide.
See the shark tooth? It’s in the circle, on the upper right hand side. It looks like four hash marks. I guess Devonian sharks were pretty little. Here, I’ll zoom in.
I put a black circle around the shark tooth, and a yellow circle around the ray-finned fish tooth.
Looks like a normal rock, right? Right?!
My favourite take of the day, a big fish tooth!
(You can tell I like it because I took three photos, with my fingers for scale*)
You can still see the foamy matrix inside the tooth.